Two arrested after Friday morning shooting in Donaldsonville

On Friday, Oct. 14, just before noon, deputies responded to the area of Oak St. and West Third St. in Donaldsonville in reference to shots being fired in the area.

According to Chief Deputy Bobby Webre, deputies found evidence of a shooting but no victims or suspects were initially located.

During their continued investigation deputies were able to obtain a description of a male who was involved in the shooting.

Deputies later located a subject fitting the description and attempted to approach him when he fled on foot. The subject, later identified as 32-year-old Marcus Walker, was located by deputies behind the Mississippi River levee, where he was taken into custody.

As the investigation unfolded it was learned that Walker and another subject, identified as Jarrad Jones, were involved in the earlier shooting that deputies had first responded. It is alleged that Jones fired at Walker, prompting Walker to go and retrieve a gun, locate Jones and fire at him.

Deputies then located Jones driving on West Seventh St. and attempted to stop him when he fled at a high rate of speed.

Deputies began to pursue Jones when he fired a shot at the them from his vehicle.

Jones continued to flee from deputies  at a high rate of speed until he lost control of the vehicle causing it to flip several times on La. 1 North. Jones was removed from the vehicle and arrested.

Marcus Walker, 32, of 406 W. Third St., Donaldsonville, was arrested and charged with attempted second-degree murder, aggravated assault with a firearm, illegal use of weapons, possession of a firearm by convicted felon, and resisting an officer.

Jarrad Jones, 19, of 303 W. Second St., Donaldsonville, was arrested and charged with attempted first-degree murder on a police officer, attempted second-degree murder, reckless operation, aggravated flight from an officer, aggravated assault with a firearm, illegal use of weapons, stopping on a highway, and speeding.

Both were booked into the Ascension Parish Jail. Walker's bond was set at $575,000 and Jones's bond was set at $878,500 by Judge LeBlanc.

APSO searching for 38-year-old Baton Rouge man wanted for armed robbery

The Ascension Parish Sheriff’s Office is looking for a Baton Rouge man who entered the Advanced Auto Parts store on La. 44 in Gonzales shortly before 9 p.m. Thursday night and robbed the store at gunpoint.

According to Chief Deputy Bobby Webre, deputies learned that a male, later identified as, 38-year-old Derick Shelbia, entered the store and robbed the store at gunpoint and fled the scene with an undisclosed amount of cash.

Deputies located Shelbia traveling at a high rate of speed and began to follow the vehicle through several streets. With the assistance of the Gonzales Police Dept. and Louisiana State Police, the vehicle was stopped on S. Marchand Road in Gonzales and Shelbia fled on foot.

Deputies began searching the area for Shelbia with the assistance of Baton Rouge Police K-9 unit and air support unit but did not locate him.

Derick Shelbia, 38, of 3721 Charles St., Baton Rouge, is wanted for armed robbery, aggravated flight from officer, and possession of firearm by convicted felon.

Shelbia has an extensive criminal history dating back to 1998 with numerous drug charges, burglary, and armed robbery charges.

Anyone with information on the whereabouts of Derick Shelbia is urged to contact the Ascension Parish Sheriff's Office at (225) 621-4636 or by texting 847411 to the anonymous tip line from any cellular device or Crime Stoppers at (225) 344-STOP. To be eligible for a cash reward, you must contact Crime Stoppers immediately.

Attorney General arrests Gonzales man for Internet crimes against children

BATON ROUGE – Attorney General Jeff Landry today announced the arrest of Justin Sepeda on nine counts of internet crimes against children.

“It is imperative that child predators are taken off our streets; so we will continue investigating and arresting those who attempt to exploit our children,” Landry said. “If anyone in Ascension Parish or the entire State has been victimized by Mr. Sepeda, please contact our office.”

Sepeda, 25 of Gonzales, was arrested on eight counts of Indecent Behavior with Juveniles and one count of Computer Aided Solicitation of a Minor. Sepeda was booked into the Ascension Parish Jail following a joint investigation between the Louisiana Bureau of Investigation Cyber Crime Unit and the Ascension Parish Sheriff’s Office. 

Attorney General Jeff Landry’s Cyber Crime Unit has investigated thousands of computer crimes that have victimized children from infants to 16 years of age. To report child exploitation, call the Louisiana Bureau of Investigation at (800) 256-4506.

Guilty Pleas

During the week of October 10-October 14, 2016, the following defendants pled guilty to various charges and were sentenced in the 23rd Judicial District Court, parishes of Ascension, Assumption, and St. James.

Ascension Parish

Toby Chauvin, 635 Gineieve St., Belle Rose, age 34, pleaded guilty to Illegal Carrying of Weapons and was sentenced to five years with the Louisiana Department of Corrections with credit for time served. The imposed sentence is to be served without the benefit of parole, probation, or suspension of sentence.

Savanna Lott, 17797 Airline Highway, Gonzales, age 24, pleaded guilty to Cruelty to Juveniles and was sentenced to one year in the parish jail with credit for time served.

The above cases were prosecuted by Assistant District Attorneys Joni Buquoi and Amy Colby. Presiding over these matters was the Honorable Judge Jason Verdigets.

Michael Berzas, 21091 Vincent Acres Circle, Denham Springs, age 46, pleaded guilty to Theft over $5,000, but Less Than $25,000. The defendant was sentenced to five years with the Louisiana Department of Corrections with credit for time served, to be suspended, and placed on five years supervised probation. The defendant was also ordered to pay restitution to the victim in this matter.

The above case was prosecuted by Assistant District Attorney Phil Maples and presiding over this matter was the Honorable Judge Thomas Kliebert.

Assumption Parish

Jayson Duet, 1020 Beveny Gardens Metairie, age 35, pleaded guilty to Possession of a Schedule II Controlled Dangerous Substance and was sentenced to five years with the Louisiana Department of Corrections with credit for time served, to be suspended, and placed on five years supervised probation.

The above case was prosecuted by Assistant District Attorney Lana Chaney, and presiding over this matter was the Honorable Judge Tess Stromberg.

St. James Parish

Chad Rodrigue, 8294-1 Mills St., St. James, age 30, pleaded guilty to Simple Burglary and was sentenced to seven years with the Louisiana Department of Corrections with credit for time served, to be suspended, and placed on five years supervised probation.

The above cases were prosecuted by Assistant District Attorney Bruce Mohon, and presiding over these matters was the Honorable Judge Jessie LeBlanc.